Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops

Part of the fun of Christmas baking is enjoying the intricate creations coming from the kitchen.  But for a quick, simple, and tasty treat, whip off a batch of this little darlings.  And they can be made by your little darlings – this recipe is very kid friendly!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops (2 dozen)

1/3 cup – 75 mL margerine/butter
1/2 cup – 125 mL granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp – 2 mL almond extract (can substitute vanilla)
3/4 cup – 175 mL all purpose flour
1/2 tsp – 2 mL baking powder
3/4 cup – 175 mL semi-sweet chocolate chips (can substitute white chocolate chips)
1/2 cup – 125 mL shredded coconut
1/2 cup – 125 mL chopped maraschino cherries (red or green or both if you want to be really festive)

Preheat oven to 325F / 160C.  Grease a cookie sheet. Cream shortening and sugar.  Beat in egg, extract flour and baking powder.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop by spoonful onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

These cookies stay soft in an airtight container.